Mistakes when choosing a school backpack

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A purchase without trying on, or an extra waste of time, will still have to be returned.

Parents, knowing the height of their child, purchase according to their taste. At home, it turns out that the product does not fit well, and the student complains that he is uncomfortable. Trying on eliminates such situations and saves parents time spent on shopping. For the same reason, fitting should be carried out “under load”. Put a few textbooks and notebooks inside to immediately identify possible problems. By the way, Grizzly buyers always have the opportunity to exchange or return the goods within a period of 14 days, with the preservation of the presentation and packaging.

Buying «for growth», or «why pay twice.»

There are still parents who are concerned that their children are growing too fast. They think that instead of buying a new backpack every year, it’s better to immediately take «until the end of high school.» And let him not ask for another within the next five years. Unfortunately, children pay for such “savings” with their health. After six months of carrying such a burden behind them, they develop scoliosis, their posture deteriorates. A properly selected product in the upper part does not go beyond the line of the shoulders, and in the lower part — beyond the line of the hips. The weight of the loaded shoulder bag also matters: no more than 15% of the weight of the student himself. This rule does not apply to first-graders; they are not recommended to carry weights of more than two kilograms.

A soft backpack, like a lighter and cheaper one.

Often parents, in their desire to lighten the child’s burden, buy them a completely soft model. This is absolutely the wrong choice. Firstly, due to the lack of a rigid frame and a solid bottom, it will hang like a bag. Books and notebooks in it will be in complete disarray. Most students are initially not inclined to maintain an ideal hierarchy in their school «household», and then there’s this … Secondly, in the absence of a compacted back with a relief surface, the load on the spine is distributed incorrectly. An example of the right choice is this Grizzly model:

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She has a rigid anatomical back and a hard folding bottom. The textbooks are in order, the load is distributed evenly, the child is comfortable.

Only one department: “Well, that’s enough for him, he’s a child!”.

I wonder what the manufacturers of children’s backpacks with a single compartment think about? Probably about the fact that they are not intended for school, but for a walk in the nearest park. But if we are talking about a student, then there should be at least two departments. And more pockets where you can put breakfast, a bottle of drinking water, change of shoes. Some manufacturers — including Grizzly and Orange Bear — produce products with internal organizer cases. Children just love them and wear them to school with great pleasure.

Narrow low-quality straps — «But cheap!».

Before the start of the school year, school markets are full of children’s backpacks with webbing straps. Being loaded, they crash into the shoulders of the child, rubbing almost to the blood. Such irrational purchases should be avoided. As a positive example, I would like to give the following model:

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Its wide, dense, well-reinforced straps do not cause discomfort. They can be adjusted in length. Therefore, when in winter a schoolboy wears a backpack not on a thin jacket, but on a down jacket, the straps do not twist and do not spoil clothes.

Narrow zippers with small, uncomfortable keyrings.

On sale come across backpacks, equipped with a large number of compartments and pockets. It’s just that opening them is extremely inconvenient — especially for a child with small hands. Another thing is large zippers with strong runners and large key fobs, which ensure the reliability of the connection and ease of opening and closing. To understand where convenience ends and discomfort begins, you need to let the student practice opening and closing pockets himself. If it turns out badly, then you need to select another model.

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Lack of reflective details — “Why, if the school is in the next yard?”.

Parents cannot control their children 24 hours a day, so the goal is to make their time outside of school as safe as possible. Against this background, buying a satchel without luminescent elements looks more than strange. The savings are penny, and the risks grow immeasurably. Bright, glowing in the dark elements will help drivers notice a child on the road in time and avoid a collision.

Velcro pockets — «Because the zippers break.»

Quite the contrary: it is Velcro that fails and stops fixing the pockets when closed. This happens especially often if the backpack is stuffed too tightly. But, in the case of models for schoolchildren, overload should not be allowed. High-quality zippers reliably protect the contents of the shoulder bag from loss, while things often fall out and get lost from Velcro pockets.

Buying a model without additional accessories

Often, when time is running out, parents buy backpacks for schoolchildren, not particularly “bothering” with studying market offers. Then the following happens: a daughter or son comes home from school and with resentment reprimands mom and dad that the girlfriend had a bright pencil case organizer and a keychain with the shape of a wonderful orange bear attached to the knapsack. And at the neighbor’s desk, the backpack came complete with a bag for interchangeable shoes. This is where the real ways to save money are when additional accessories are available, but you do not have to pay for them separately.

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Happy shopping and don’t make mistakes!

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